Next gen Vivo Xshot to feature phase detection autofocus, faster than the iPhone 6


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Vivo leaks are coming in thick and fast, with the latest seemingly pointing at a second generation Vivo Xshot model coming in May.

GizChina usual’s will know that I fell in love with the Vivo Xshot when it released last year. Not only is it still one of the best camera-centric phones on the market, but it is a great size, has blazing performance and is made to live through some serious abuse!

A second generation Xshot really does put chills down my spine, and is certainly going to be a phone that I will pick up without hesitation, especially after learning about some of the new camera hardware the phone will pack.

vivo xshot 2 camera speed

The above slide from a internal Vivo meeting might not look like much on the surface, but it actually shows the focussing speed of 2 new Vivo phones compared to the iPhone 6 (IP6). As you can see in the table the iPhone manages a focus speed of 0.28 while the new Vivo is as fast as 0.19 seconds!

It is believed that Vivo will be the 3rd manufacturer, the first in China, to use the same phase detection autofocus technology as Apple and Samsung. This method of focus is more commonly seen on DSLR cameras using the light entering the lens of the camera to determine which object should be in focus.

On it’s own this faster autofocus would be enough to have serious camera centric phone fans consider the upgrade, but it is also believed the new Xshot will get a 20 mega-pixel rear sensor too.

The rest of the hardware is still under wraps, but if the May launch date is accurate then we don’t have long to wait for the rest of the details. Keep posted for more Xshot news.

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20 Comments

  1. Chris
    April 10, 2015

    Brilliant phones, too bad the plummeting euro has made getting one a rather expensive gamble. (Gamble as in: dont expect any warranty from chinese distributors).
    If you buy from reliable shops with full warranty like Topresellerstore you’ll quickly come to the conclusion that they sell chinese flagships for more money than a comparable samsung or huawei in a local store. (Galaxy S5 or ascend mate 7 go for less than 400 euro nowadays).

    • Rob
      April 10, 2015

      It’s the same here in the UK, with all resellers pricing based on dollars, the British £ has plummeted against the $, making all Chinese phones around 15-20% more expensive than they were 12 months ago.

      • George
        April 10, 2015

        I feel you guys,in Spain vodafone floded the market with G3,outstanding device btw,so every chinese “gamble” above 250€ feels like a bad bussines.

  2. MaxPower
    April 10, 2015

    Last xshot was about 150$ more than other Chinese phones with the same specs (except for the camera)
    If they are going to put a SD810 on board then we are probably talking of something close to 750$ (reseller price).

  3. April 10, 2015

    Can we hope there is a lens cover / protection this time. Otherwise forget it.
    My Xshot became unusable for photos after about 3 months, lens just marbled/blurred.

  4. Tjabbe
    April 10, 2015

    Brilliant phones, too bad the plummeting euro has made getting one a rather expensive gamble. (Gamble as in: dont expect any warranty from chinese distributors).
    If you buy from reliable shops with full warranty like Topresellerstore you’ll quickly come to the conclusion that they sell chinese flagships for more money than a comparable samsung or huawei in a local store. (Galaxy S5 or ascend mate 7 go for less than 400 euro nowadays).

    • Rob
      April 10, 2015

      It’s the same here in the UK, with all resellers pricing based on dollars, the British £ has plummeted against the $, making all Chinese phones around 15-20% more expensive than they were 12 months ago.

    • George
      April 11, 2015

      I feel you guys,in Spain vodafone floded the market with G3,outstanding device btw,so every chinese “gamble” above 250€ feels like a bad bussines.

  5. MaxPower
    April 10, 2015

    Last xshot was about 150$ more than other Chinese phones with the same specs (except for the camera)
    If they are going to put a SD810 on board then we are probably talking of something close to 750$ (reseller price).

  6. Peter Pain
    April 10, 2015

    Can we hope there is a lens cover / protection this time. Otherwise forget it.
    My Xshot became unusable for photos after about 3 months, lens just marbled/blurred.

  7. ARUN SUBRAMANIAN
    April 11, 2015

    Hoping for max 400$ else it again budget constraint for me..going by past prices..i guess its out of reach…Original Vivo Xshot now reselling in India for 20K now.

  8. ARUN SUBRAMANIAN
    April 11, 2015

    Hoping for max 400$ else it again budget constraint for me..going by past prices..i guess its out of reach…Original Vivo Xshot now reselling in India for 20K now.

  9. April 11, 2015

    waiting for xplay i hope it is VIVO XPLAY 5S and not xshot

    • April 12, 2015

      I suspect they’ll have both the xshot 2 and xplay 5S.

      unfortunately they’ll withhold the best camera for the xshot, when they should be putting the best camera and screen they can in both phones.

      the differentiator should ONLY be on screen size (i.e. xplay 5S, 6″ and 5.2″) but it will be a package deal, with the xshot getting the better camera and weaker screen, and the xplay getting the better screen and weaker camera.

      all vivo devices are “tainted” by a zero-availability of alternate ROMs, so no way to get a pure android experience with the latest version of the OS. that’s ALWAYS been vivo’s achilles heel, and always been the reason I’ve looked at all their flagship phones but never pulled the trigger to buy one.

      Great hardware that inspires enthusiasts, and zero awareness about what software support we want/require.

      • April 13, 2015

        yes i’m looking for xplay screen ans features… and do you know is that possible to flash other rom on the vivo devices ??

  10. Chris
    April 11, 2015

    waiting for xplay i hope it is VIVO XPLAY 5S and not xshot

    • Dave Weinstein
      April 12, 2015

      I suspect they’ll have both the xshot 2 and xplay 5S.

      unfortunately they’ll withhold the best camera for the xshot, when they should be putting the best camera and screen they can in both phones.

      the differentiator should ONLY be on screen size (i.e. xplay 5S, 6″ and 5.2″) but it will be a package deal, with the xshot getting the better camera and weaker screen, and the xplay getting the better screen and weaker camera.

      all vivo devices are “tainted” by a zero-availability of alternate ROMs, so no way to get a pure android experience with the latest version of the OS. that’s ALWAYS been vivo’s achilles heel, and always been the reason I’ve looked at all their flagship phones but never pulled the trigger to buy one.

      Great hardware that inspires enthusiasts, and zero awareness about what software support we want/require.

    • Chris
      April 13, 2015

      yes i’m looking for xplay screen ans features… and do you know is that possible to flash other rom on the vivo devices ??

  11. KIMO
    May 10, 2015

    CAN U PLEASE CONTACT ME ON MY EMAIL
    KIMOHAM202003@HOTMAIL.COM

  12. Guest
    May 10, 2015

    CAN U PLEASE CONTACT ME ON MY EMAIL
    KIMOHAM202003@HOTMAIL.COM